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SEAVIEW TO THE SEA - "A pleasant trek in the countryside"
Hash Cash: Lady 'D'
Bus Captain/Tri-lingual interpreter: Fot tret
Hash Flash: Dr Who. Additional photos: Blondie, Lady 'D'
Ringmaster: Uncle. Junior ringmaster: Oggy
Chief Drinks Wrangler: Ms Linh
Foodies: Mother Teresa, Shaky
Junior Hasher of the Day: Huy (4yo)
The sky looked good for Hashing as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri awaiting the Hashmobile to take us to the Seaview Apartments start point. In Basil's temporary absence, we had a smorgasbord of volunteers to make sure everything worked smoothly - which was great!
We eventually dismounted what must be the oldest bus in the world(!) outside the Seaview Cafe to find Terminator, Mother Teresa and Superteen waiting for us.
A quick chalk talk and we headed for a narrow lane in the far left-hand corner of the estate, then followed the winding lane until turning right onto Luu Chi Hieu, which took us past the turn-off for Ward 10, and the canal, until we turned left on Hem 225 for a 3 km hike north.
Just before the hem ended there were some new building works, so we diverted across a footbridge over the canal and continued heading north (also bypassing the notorious "water jump" on the other side!), before crossing back again just past the disused advertising billboard before the Le Quy Don school wall.
We followed the bumpy track alongside the school wall and past a few houses before emerging onto Highway 51, which we crossed very carefully in small groups, then left past 3 or 4 roadside trees marked in red ribbon and right onto a brown, sandy track leading past a few houses on the left towards the ocean. We ignored the first right-hand turn and continued towards the "crossroads" before turning right and following up and along a single overhead power line before turning right again onto a narrow stony track which led over some tiles and up to the new road that goes down to the sea - and there were two large buses, but it was easy to recognise our Hashmobile because of the bright red eskies!
Time out for snacking on Mother Teresa's delicious open sandwiches, Shaky's peanuts and the ubiquitous bags of chips while socialising around the eskies and/or on the beach (or a swim, as some preferred), then duty Ringmaster Uncle called the Circle and proceeded to rate his own trail. "Points for mitigating circumstances add up to a total 10/10" was the verdict, approved by a show of hands.
Hash Virgins introduced themselves: Ben, Huy, Phong, Steven, Anna, Nam, Tuyet* - welcome one and all! (*Some names may be incorrect or wrong order - sorry about that!)
Returnees Tiger, Oggy, SID and Sid-knee gave their reasons for absence (work, study, holiday...). Then Lady 'D' charged Tall Tree and Grozny II for losing the trail, and Uncle invited everyone else who missed the red marker tapes in the final stretch to join them in the Circle of Sinners!
Finally, VTH3 stalwarts Terminator, Mother Teresa and Superteen were introduced to the many newcomers and applauded for their ongoing involvement over many years (since well before VTH3 was "re-Hashed" in 2011).
SamSon has volunteered to set a new trail for next Sunday on Nui Dinh (5 km west of Ba Ria) - but please keep an eye on the NEXT RUN box for confirmation or change (Plan B, if required, will be a live hare trail at Minh Dam to the lookout rocks behind the nuns' houses - a picturesque trail with stunning scenery!).
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!